X-rays are one of the most important parts of a dental exam, and can help medical professionals detect problems long before they are visible to the naked eye, including early tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, and abnormal growths.
Benefits of Digital X-rays
- Easy to obtain
Digital X-rays are obtained by putting a small electronic sensor in the mouth, and captured images can be pulled up instantly on a computer screen.
- No waiting time
Unlike traditional X-rays that require an intermediary chemical process, your dentist can abstain and evaluate your X-rays almost instantly.
- Images are clearer
Digital X-ray images are clearer than traditional X-rays and your healthcare provider can zoom in and out, making it easier for them to detect potential problems.
- Easy to share and store
Digital X-rays can be easily emailed to different specialists if needed, and can easily be stored on your computer.
- They are safer
Compared to traditional X-rays, digital X-rays reduce your exposure to radiation by up to 90%. Even though risk is reduced, there is still a slight risk that radiation from X-rays will cause cellular changes that may lead to future disease. Their benefits outweigh their risk, which is why they are so commonly used. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions about your safety, or why an X-ray is recommended for you.